Courses Catalogue

Power Plant Engineering

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Mechanical Engineering, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

This course deals with the types, construction, working principles and performance of power

plants for the generation of hydro power, nuclear power, thermal power including diesel power plant; component design and performance, plant operation, control, economics and environmental impact considering IEEE standards. It also covers electrical equipment used in power stations.


At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  •    Know the different types of Power Plants, site selection criteria of each one of them including hydropower station.
  •   Understanding of Thermal Power Plant Operation, turbine governing, different types of high-pressure boilers including supercritical and supercharged boilers, Fluidized
  • bed combustion systems.
  •     Design of chimney in thermal power plants, knowledge of cooling tower operation, numerical on surface condenser design.
  •   Know the different types of Nuclear power plants including Pressurized water reactor, boiling water reactor, gas-cooled reactor, liquid metal fast breeder reactor.
  •   Understanding of Power Plant Economics, Energy Storage including compressed air energy and pumped hydro,etc.
  • Discussing environmental and safety aspects of power plant operation.


A student on completing this course is expected to:

  •  Explain the various types of power plants and sources of power generation.
  •    Describe the substation classifications and selection.
  •    Set up a simple power plant.
  •   Select the suitability of site for a power plant.
  •    Calculate performance of thermal power plant.
  •    Use ash handling, coal handling methods in a thermal power plant.
  •   Explain working principle of different types of nuclear power plant.
  •   Calculate load factor, capacity factor, average load and peak load on a power plant.
  •   State different safety aspects of power plants